As I am writing this blog, I am currently sat in my office, after finishing a live call hosting a free 5 Day Self-Esteem Challenge. These are 5 days of considering reflections and actions with the primary aim of increasing self-esteem and boosting ego.
So far, it has been a great week with lots of interactions, and I’m not too surprised to report that the most repeated comment I have received by far, is how celebrating our strengths and qualities feels egotistical or arrogant.
As the word “ego” can be defined as “a person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance”, is having a big ego really such a bad thing?
This is a challenging question
There is a perfect example to demonstrate both the positive and negative effects of having a significant ego. Former president of the United States, Donald Trump, is well known for having a large ego. On the one hand, he did manage to become the president of arguably the most powerful nation in the world. On the other hand, he seemingly can’t get enough attention, praise, or adulation to ever be happy. Despite “having it all”, his ego has also caused him a lot of challenges.
And the answer? In short, it really depends on what’s important to you
There are many advantages to having a significant ego. For example, a big ego can lead to big success. If you aspire to be a politician, CEO, or succeed in any highly competitive field or sport this can be made more difficult without an ego. Big egos love to out-do the competition, which can be invaluable when the competition is fierce.